High-Energy Drinks


A wide-ranging review of the side effects of high-caffeine energy beverages on children and young adults finds that they have been linked to an array of serious events — including heart palpitations, high blood pressure and even cardiac arrest and fatality — and may pose special risks to young people who take medicines or have lifelong diseases.
The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, draw from case reports and scientific studies in the medical literature as well as newspaper articles, and outlines regulatory steps taken in other countries. (Denmark, Turkey and Uruguay have banned energy drinks; Norway prohibits sales to children under 15.)
The study urges pediatricians to discuss the risks of energy drinks with patients, especially those with heart problems and mood or behavioral problems, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The high amounts of sugar may pose dangers to those with diabetes.


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